VW Buys Blackberry's Auto R&D Center In GermanyDamon Lavrinc7/06/14 4:20pmFiled to: volkswagenblackberryqnx293EditPromoteShare to KinjaToggle Conversation toolsGo to permalinkBlackberry's future isn't just tied to comically oversized phones with real keyboards. It's about injecting its software into as many companies as possible. Part of that is the auto industry, which is why selling Blackberry's Bochum, Germany R&D facility to Volkswagen seems like a step backwards. It's not. Here's why.Blackberry bought QNX in 2010 and instantly snagged a foothold in the connected car space. QNX software powers the dozens of infotainment systems, including those from BMW, Chrysler, and GM. Plus, it can play nice with the latest in-car offerings from both Apple and Google.